It's a boat? It's a plane? No, it's a 'seaglider.' And it goes fast...really fast

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Rhino

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It's a design for limited infrastructure, good observation.

Sorta the base requirement for amphibious assault landing craft, too. A Higgens boat isn't a big player in the California to Hawaii passenger trade. But quite useful for dropping a film crew or luxury picnic on a remote beach.
Like the DUKW.
 

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North island to south island.
Next stop mars.
 

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That looks like fun .... but I would be trying to add a leaf blower engine to it.


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That looks like fun .... but I would be trying to add a leaf blower engine to it.


BJC
Na,just alibaba a bigger battery and go all day.
Its gona be realy quiet for stealth operations,and inducing cronic gadget envy in the water toy crowd.
Better make that two extra batteries as there are going to be lineups.
Or take the Electroplan out with a hold full of
toys to some remote atol and charge em a $1000/hr each to pick there own Bond toy
and be all shiny and perfect.
This thread has already identified that WIG are
incompatable with general marine traffic and that leaves specailized cargo or other niche remote operations.
That bieng said the russians have this
which is clearly decended from this
The Be-200 is in current production.
 

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Intriguing battery allowing quick refueling.

Not sure trucks are faster than trains, though.

I'm waiting for someone to propose the rolling roads, covered in solar cells, that are giant conveyor belt transport systems, with multi-lane passenger and cargo belts. It's only been 81 years...


 

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Seems like a really cool toy/solution looking for a problem.

Tim
Concur. The air/water interface can get pretty dicey in any sort of inclement weather. Some time back I saw an Italian 2 or 4 seat amphib that used small hydrofoils to pop the hull up off the water, thereby reducing drag for a shorter takeoff run. That's one I could get behind.
 
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